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Health First Announces Ed Griese as President & CEO of Health First Health Plans

Rockledge, FL (January 21, 2014) – Health First is pleased to announce Ed Griese as our new president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Health First Health Plans. Ed has more than 25 years of experience, both in the U.S. and internationally, in senior leadership roles including managing health insurance and reinsurance companies, third-party administrators, business process outsourcing, IPAs/PHOs and health plans.

Griese previously served as Managing Director and partner in the Healthcare Industry Group of Alvarez & Marsal in New York and is recognized within the healthcare insurance community as a skilled strategist with exceptional business acumen. His career reflects successful startup, turnaround, consulting, and business development experience. Griese has a proven track record in identifying and attracting executive talent for his management teams.

He has served on the boards of directors for many companies throughout his career such as Munich Re America, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Best Doctors, and Cigna Life Insurance Company of Europe, S.A. Griese has also been a board member of nonprofit organizations such as Our Kids, The American School of Bombay and Princeton FC (soccer club) and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated health system and employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit for more information.